Etihad secures US route-sharing deal with JetBlue

January 23, 2014 - 12:14:40 am

ABU DHABI: Abu Dhabi’s state-owned Etihad Airways has secured a deal to share route codes with US carrier JetBlue Airways, it said yesterday, a move which extends the reach of its apparent network in the United States and nearby markets.

Unlisted Etihad will initially code-share on 40 JetBlue routes within the United States from New York and Washington, pending government approval, Etihad said in a statement.

Etihad, along with other state-backed Gulf carriers like Emirates and Qatar Airways, have pumped billions of dollars into expanding its fleet and routes.

Once Etihad starts daily flights to Los Angeles in June  further services are planned. Etihad also plans to code-share on JetBlue flights between New York and select destinations in the Dominican Republic, Jamaica and Colombia.

This is Etihad’s second codeshare in the United States, the first being with American Airlines.